Charles Leclerc admits he has been left “confused” by Sauber’s performance in the Spanish Grand Prix after scoring points for the second race in a row.
A chaotic race in Azerbaijan opened up the opportunity for Leclerc to score his first points with a hugely impressive sixth place, and he followed that up with a strong drive to score again with tenth in Barcelona on Sunday.
When asked what Barcelona does for his outlook for future races, Leclerc — who had said he needed to keep expectations in check as a result of his Baku performance — replied: “I’m confused now!
“Because I still think in the same way as Baku but on the other hand we have scored points twice in a row. OK [in Spain] we also took the opportunities — we had some crashes — but in the end I think we were not so far off points anyway.
“What I expect from each race now… I just want to wait for Monaco and see if our expectations are still wrong there and after Monaco maybe I will tell you more! But for now I prefer to not say anything because I definitely didn’t expect this result [in Barcelona].”
However, the Monegasque driver — who described Spain as “definitely the biggest surprise of the year in terms of performance” — believes it is better for his own development to be able to learn while racing in the midfield rather than with less pressure at the back of the grid.
“I mean, obviously I think you can show more when you have the possibility to fight with other cars. When you are last and second last it is difficult. Even if you are doing an amazing job it’s not like points are close and possible for you. So it’s always a very difficult position to be in.
“Also for the team and the motivation of everyone it’s difficult. It’s great that we came back from this and now we are closer to the midfield. Now our target is to go into this midfield all the time and in qualifying, so we will need to work more on that but I’m pretty sure if we keep working like this then we will get this target.”